House GOP Leader Says He Trusts Trump Over CDC Director On Vaccine Timing
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Thursday that he trusts President Trump on the timeline for a coronavirus vaccine over Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield, according to The Hill.
- The Republican said, “We're going to have a safe and effective vaccine this year, and listen to the preparation of what we've been able to do with Operation Warp Speed, to be able to deliver it. When that time comes, if I just take the words of the CDC and the president, the president's right."
- McCarthy added: “I think one of those two individuals had more information than the other, and that was the president.”
- Trump said Wednesday that Redfield was wrong in telling Congress that a vaccine wouldn’t be ready before “the second or third quarter of 2021”.
- The Hill noted that “Redfield's estimate tracks with the outlines provided by other health experts, but Trump said a vaccine could be widely available by this fall.”
- McCarthy said Redfield probably “needs to be updated” on the latest vaccine developments.